History

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Miramar Yacht Club was founded in 1932 at the 3128 Emmons Avenue station by a group of ardent young men, who, through common desire and interest , banded together to form what was then known as the Miramar Boat and Canoe Club.

In the years that followed, the trend changed from sail canoes to sailboats and motorboats. Miramar grew under the able leadership of commodores James Barth (1934-35), Cedric Giles (1936), Frederick Flick (1937), Samuel Underberg (1938-39), Frederick Blackro (1940), Leo Becker 1941 and Jack Whitman (1942-43.)

Sam Underberg would call new members to his home, where he would teach them club tradition, but mainly to show them a photo of his boat anchored next to FDR's yacht in Biscayne Bay! Sam was listed in the telephone book as 'Commodore'.

A major development occurred in 1944 when Miramar was incorporated and reorganized as a cooperative yacht club. Louis A. Taube (known as LAT) was commodore (1944-45) during the crucial war years, and with many members in service and those at home placing their boats at the disposal of the Coast Guard, Miramar Yacht Club made a substantial contribution to the war effort.

In post-war 1946-47 Sam Underberg was again called upon to take helm as commodore. With interest in boating on the upswing, Miramar's small wartime membership swelled with returning as well as new sailing enthusiasts.

sam-underberg

The rapidly growing Miramar Yacht Club was put to its most severe test in the wake of the vicious November, 1950, hurricane. Docks and floats were destroyed; many boats were put out of commission or demolished. At the time the hurricane did not have a name; female names were used beginning in 1952.

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Miramar Club House Under Construction, 1969

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Of-course, the recent memory can not escape Hurricane Sandy. Both docks destroyed, boats laying on their sides in the yard and club house look like a war zone.

Many dedicated members under the leadership of our commodore Felix Pustlynik worked countless hours all winter and the club was back and operational next season.

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Miramar is a Yacht Club that welcomes everyone - everyone who wants to be free, who wants to sail and enjoy fun.

"There is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats. In or out of 'em, it doesn't matter. Nothing seems really to matter, that's the charm of it. Whether you get away, or whether you don't; whether you arrive at your destination or whether you reach somewhere else, or whether you never get anywhere at all, you're always busy, and you never do anything in particular; and when you've done it there's always something else to do, and you can do it if you like, but you'd much better not."

Wind in the Willows, children's book by Kenneth Grahame